Jeff Duncan

Congress’ Gun Massacre Caucus
Dealing with mass shootings is becoming all too familiar for many members

South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, center left, with Rep. Mark Sanford to his right and then-Gov. Nikki Haley, second from right, attend a memorial service commemorating the anniversary of the 2015 mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images file photo)

On Dec. 14, 2012, Elizabeth Esty was attending a social media workshop for new members of Congress at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She had been elected to represent Connecticut’s 5th District a month earlier.

“I raised my hand and I said, ‘Here’s an example right now — I’m getting texts and alerts that there’s been a shooting and we don’t know what happened,’” she said.

Las Vegas Shooting Reignites Gun Debate on Capitol Hill
Members offer prayers and condolences to victims and families, tributes to police and first responders

People scramble for shelter at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after a gunman opened fire, leaving at least 50 people dead and more than 2oo wounded. (David Becker/Getty Images)

Democratic lawmakers on Monday morning renewed their pleas for legislative action to restrict access to firearms after a gunman unleashed a storm of bullets on concertgoers on the Las Vegas Strip late Sunday night.

At least 58 people were killed, officials said. Multiple media outlets have reported that more than 500 people were taken to local hospitals for treatment in what is the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Word on the Hill: Labor Day
Himes for children in Harvey, local artists and save the date for bottomless rosé

(National Symphony Orchestra)

Happy Labor Day weekend and last day of August recess.

The Capitol is holding the annual Labor Day Concert on Sunday, featuring the National Symphony Orchestra. The gates open at 3 p.m., dress rehearsal is at 3:30 p.m., and the concert is at 8 p.m.. All events are free and open to the public, and no tickets are required.

Members Describe Shooting: Baseball Field Became ‘Killing Field’
Players describe terror, confusion as gunman opens fire on Republican team practice

Tennessee Rep. Chuck Fleischmann tells reporters about the scene at the Republicans’ baseball practice on Wednesday in Alexandria, Virginia, where a gunman wounded five people, including Majority Whip Steve Scalise. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

BY LINDSEY MCPHERSON AND ERIC GARCIA

Republican congressmen described frantic efforts to find cover as they felt like “sitting ducks” when a gunman opened fire on them during their practice Wednesday in Alexandria, Virginia, for the Congressional Baseball Game.

TV Ads Tell Conservatives to Vote With Trump on Health Care
American Action Network targets Freedom Caucus members in their districts

From left, Republican Reps. Dave Brat of Virginia, Mo Brooks of Alabama, and Mark Meadows of North Carolina are among the targets of the new GOP ad campaign. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Republican issue advocacy group with close ties to House leadership is running half a million dollars in TV ads to pressure Freedom Caucus members to vote with President Donald Trump on the Republicans’ health care plan. 

American Action Network is running spots in 30 districts on Fox News beginning Thursday for two weeks. It’s the first time an outside group is invoking the president’s support for the health care plan in its paid advertising for the bill. 

Sewell and Duncan Bet on NCAA Championship
South Carolina and Alabama lawmakers had bet on last year’s game, too

Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala., posed with Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., who had to wear a Bear Bryant-style hat to settle their bet after Alabama beat Clemson in the NCAA football championship game. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Clemson University is back for a rematch against Alabama University in the NCAA football championship and Rep. Jeff Duncan is as well.

Duncan played football at Clemson in the mid-1980s and last year bet on the game against Rep. Terri A. Sewell, D-Ala.

Word on the Hill: Two Weeks Until Inauguration
Holiday season ends as Capitol Christmas Tree comes down

Vice President-elect Mike Pence and Donald Trump’s incoming chief of staff Reince Priebus walked through the Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Donald Trump is set to become the next president of the United States exactly two weeks from today.

If you’re joining in the festivities: Are you planning on attending the ceremony? And which galas surrounding the day are you trying to get into?

Congress' 'Athletics Director' Kicks Off College Football Caucus
Roger Williams brings together members passionate about college football

Texas Rep. Roger Williams, is hanging up his baseball jersey for the time being to talk about football. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Texas Republican Rep. Roger Williams has found another way to bring his love of sports to his work in Congress — this time teaming up with Alabama Democratic Rep. Terri A. Sewell to launch the College Football Caucus.

“Between the baseball caucus, football caucus and coach of the baseball team, guys are starting to call me the athletics director of Congress,” Williams said.

Republicans Turn Back Democrats in Thriller, 8-7
GOP snaps losing streak in 55th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game

Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., out as he tries to steal home in the first inning of the Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park. The Republicans won the game. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Tom Rooney drove home the decisive run to give the Republicans an 8-7 win over the Democrats in a heart-stopping finish to the 55th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game on Thursday night.   

The Republicans had squandered a five-run lead in the sixth, but kept their cool at the plate and delivered two runs to win the game in their last at-bat in the seventh, ending the Democrats' seven game winning streak.  

South Carolina's Duncan to Host Event in D.C. With Carly Fiorina

Duncan said the event is not an endorsement of Fiorina. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Jeff Duncan, a Republican from the crucial early primary state of South Carolina, will host a round table later this month at the Capitol Hill Club with Carly Fiorina — the only woman out of the 16-candidate Republican presidential primary field.  

While Capitol Hill endorsements are coveted among the crowded GOP field, Duncan's office said the event is not an endorsement of Fiorina — the former Hewlett Packard CEO. Rather, it's an opportunity for the Republican Conference to get to know one of the candidates in the presidential field.